First Cast July 2021
We’ve hit July and the weather gets colder, the leaves have gone, the drips stay on the branch all day outside my window, and yet it’s time for optimism.
We have passed the shortest day, and my night-time viewing habits stretch until after midnight. The beginning of the coming of summer starts with the arrival of the Tour de France on the tele. I don’t ride a cycle; have no particular hankering to, but I do enjoy the scenery, and hot-looking days of summer as we are treated to a flyover of the best bits of France, nightly. I look at those rivers and lakes and rural laneways threading in and out of vineyards and castles, villages and bustling towns and it makes me feel hopeful as I search for anglers among the long stretches of riffles and pools. And these musings serve to remind me that above these mantles of grey looming cloud, and blustery downpours, there’s blue sky and sun.
The fishing has been solid with great reports for the Mangatutu trip and there look to be record numbers registering for the upcoming TT trip towards the end of this month.
I am pleased to report that the club is in great fettle, we are continuing to get our lodge operating better and delivering a good quality stay. Quicker heating to bring the chill off faster on arrival, is the next item on the agenda down there, and we have brought the electrics up to the required modern-day standards. Bear with us as we find where the occasional hiccup occurs in our old infrastructure.
The last club meeting was held a week early this month, on the 5th, and we had a good turn out to the dining experience par excellence at the fabulous new Hyatt Park downtown. This was organised by committeeman Gerhard Uys and was a wonderful evening of camaraderie and fun with new member Leo Minelli, and his able sous-chef Erin, entertaining us with how to cure and preserve fish with demos, recipes and tastings. Leo is a superb chef and if you have a chance to experience his cuisine, I heartily recommend it. Welcome aboard Leo! It was a runaway success, thank you. The gin-cured snapper was blindingly good!
Our brilliant committee continues to have great ideas for adding value to your AFAC membership and coming up Brendon Frater is organising a Fly Fishing Film event to be held at the old Monterrey in Takapuna on the 30th of August. We have received assistance from Kelly Rodgers the owner, and his team, and we have an opportunity to raise good funds for the club while having a sensational showing of great international films – the best from around the globe.
PLEASE PUT THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY NOW and follow instructions for obtaining tickets as they appear in club emails and mailings. This will be a highlight of the year, a truly superb evening, and I would encourage every single member to attend, and bring a friend. The premises are fabulous, parking is plentiful and free. Great bar and food options will be available, and there will be a lucky prize draw on the night. It will not be expensive, and it is a great way to support the club while whetting one’s appetite for the rest of the angling annum. Monday 30 th August. Get out your phone and mark it.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Jones for his years of selfless service to our club. Brian has served as both secretary and treasurer and his calm, sane, and always pleasant attitude, has made it very easy to work with him. We are extremely grateful to those, like you Brian, who do put their hands up and give so generously of their free time for the benefit of the club. It is unpaid, time consuming and often thankless, and we are much the richer, literally, for your care and custodianship of the club’s finances for the last seven years. I hope we see you on a riverbank soon, thank you, from us all.
The AGM is to be held on the 9th August and there may be a number of items on the agenda that will be of interest to all and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.
In the meantime, please send pictures of your trips, weekend excursions and trophy hunting tours to our social media folk, Evana Corric and Gerhard Uys.
We are organising our end of season gathering in lieu of the usual Christmas Party as we mooted earlier this year. All photos will be entered into the photography trophy.
Shortly we are to introduce a new card payment system at the club which should make it a lot easier to purchase badges, decals, raffle tix, and other what-have-you that appears from time to time. This should make it a lot easier for members on the night, but bear with us as we learn the system when it first arrives, please.
We will also be gathering interest from all our members for the UN World River Day on the 26th September. As part of our interest and following on from our letter from the kids nearby, we have decided that we will spend the day cleaning up the Mangatawhiri River. Evana is working with sustainable coastlines to see if they can help with clean-up gear.
This is an opportunity to make a real positive impact with the club’s name to the fore and it would be good to have significant club members turn out. Please pitch in when asked.
We will clean in the morning and fish in the afternoon – well that’s the basic plan.
And one final thing, The NZFFA is putting forward submissions to help stop the erosion of Fish and Game as custodians of our waterways. Please take the time to respond, after reading up.
https://nzffa.com/survey cut and paste to your browser.
Right. Have a good month, see you at the AGM or on the TT trip.